Grails - Groovy - Alternative to HttpBuilder - adding headers to your HTTP request | MyThinkPond

Developing with Grails and Groovy can be a blessing and and pain all at the same time. The development moves at a rapid rate but when you decide to include libraries that depend on other libraries, your pain starts to build up. For example, when you include the module “HttpBuilder”in your project you may run into issues with Xerces and xml-apis, especially when you attempt to deploy the WAR file under Tomcat. These libraries are included as part of Tomcat and so an older version of those classes may give you a heartburn.

If your objective is to use some raw HTTP classes to create your requests and responses, then you can use the basic URL class to do most of the raw connection options. Although using HttpBuilder makes it a clean implementation, the URL class gives you very similar power without all the overhead of including the dependency classes.

[sourcecode language=“jscript”]

def urlConnect = new URL(url) def connection = urlConnect.openConnection() //Set all of your needed headers connection.setRequestProperty(“X-Forwarded-For”, “”)

if(connection.responseCode == 200){ responseText = connection.content.text } else{ println “An error occurred:” println connection.responseCode println connection.responseMessage } [/sourcecode]

So the trick to the Groovy URL class is to use the “openConnection()” method and then gain access to some of the raw functionality.

Cheers.

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Enterprise Software Architect currently working at DataDirect Networks developing a highly scalable monitoring solution called DDN Insight. My passions include all things Open Source including Linux (CentOS, Red Hat, Gentoo, Open Stack, Docker & Ubuntu), embedded ARM processors and microcontrollers (Arduino, UDOO, Cubieboard, BeagleBoard, OnionIO, TI's Zigbee). Coming from an Electrical and Computer Engineering background, working in developing and designing enterprise - distributed, highly scalable software requires a unique set of software skills with a good understanding of the hardware. This makes his work challenging and interesting. In his free time, he spends his time with his family and two children. He also enjoys researching on topics including - world ancient history and yoga. Visit the 'About' section for more details.
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